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Images: A new hope in Canajoharie’s Wintergreen wilderness

New cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails are seen on Thursday at Canajoharie's Wintergreen Park, which recently re-opened to the public.
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New cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails are seen on Thursday at Canajoharie's Wintergreen Park, which recently re-opened to the public.

The parks and recreation committee was reborn in the village of Canajoharie last year.

It began when JoAnn Douglass spoke up at a Village Board meeting. Soon, the group of nine was forming with JoAnn among them, and her husband Peter at the helm.

JoAnn Douglass had a project in mind when she spoke that first time: Wintergreen Park.

Darkness and pain had emanated from a 433-foot-deep gorge at the center of the 72-acre green space for the last decade. That was when the fourth life was taken by a tragedy at the gully in the first 12 years of the millennium. Since then, maintenance had seemingly slowed to a halt.

Well, the new parks committee has gotten to work on changing that.

Daily Gazette reporter Andrew Waite and photographer Erica Miller met the Douglass’s and fellow committee member Gregory Leary out at a Wintergreen Thursday, along with 15-year-old Boy Scout Brady Toher, who is working on his Eagle Scout project at the park, and his parents, Chris and Andrea. The Gazette got to speak with them all, and see the new cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails recently reopened to the public.

Andrew’s story: Community efforts give new life to Canajoharie park with tragic past

And now, take a work in Wintergreen Park with Erica through the lens:

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From left, Park Chair Peter Douglass, Chris and Andrea Toher, Boy Scout Brady Toher 15, and JoAnn Douglass, all of Canajoharie, walk the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails at Wintergreen Park.

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New cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails are seen on Thursday at Canajoharie’s Wintergreen Park, which recently re-opened to the public.

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Park Chair Peter Douglass beside wife JoAnn, both of Canajoharie and members of the parks committee, stand at the fire pit on the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails at Wintergreen Park.

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Views from Wintergreen Park’s hiking trails, recently re-opened to the public.

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Andrew’s story: Community efforts give new life to Canajoharie park with tragic past

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Wintergreen Park committee member Gregory Leary of Canajoharie tours one of the park’s hiking trails along Canajoharie Creek in Canajoharie on Thursday.

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View of Canajoharie Creek from Wintergreen Park’s hiking trails.

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Boy Scout Brady Toher, 15, of Canajoharie stands with his custom-built map/guide stand at the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails at Wintergreen Park.

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Views from Wintergreen Park’s hiking trails.

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Andrew’s story: Community efforts give new life to Canajoharie park with tragic past

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